Category Archives: Parliament

Local Government and the EU: the impact of Brexit

Evidence from Professor James Mitchell, Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh to Local Government and Communities Committee, December 14th 2016.   Understanding EU-Local government relations   The European Union, and its antecedents, was insinuated into the activities and responsibilities of … Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon’s lonely decision

by James Mitchell  One issue will dominate discussion at the SNP conference in Glasgow this week, though not on the floor of the conference. The decision on when a second independence referendum is held is in the hands of Nicola … Continue reading

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The future of the Scottish Tories: more than theatricals…

by  James Mitchell   For three decades, senior Tories in London were perplexed by political developments in Scotland. As they saw it, the party’s support receded as Scots embraced their policies. Scots bought their council houses but showed little gratitude … Continue reading

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Tories smiling but challenges ahead

The Scottish Conservatives are smiling and with good reason. The party’s share of the vote rose by 8.1% to 22% across Scotland’s 73 constituencies and by 10.6% to 22.9% across its regions. Over half a million voters turned out to … Continue reading

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Women for Independence

James Mitchell, Lynn Bennie and Kristen Knowles (Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Queen Margaret University) Women for Independence (WfI) was founded three years ago to campaign for a YES vote in the Scottish independence referendum. It was only one amongst … Continue reading

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Re: Syria, will it be ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ this time?

By Daniel Kenealy @DanKenealy It seems likely that David Cameron will, on Wednesday, seek a vote in the House of Commons authorising the UK to launch air strikes in Syria. The UK is already engaged militarily in bombing campaigns against … Continue reading

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Constitutional Groundhog Day

By Professor James Mitchell Controversy surrounding English Votes for English Laws reminds us that the issues involved are as old as debates on home rule.  The dangers of instituting change in one constituent part of the UK without taking adequate … Continue reading

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